California calls for U.S. constitutional convention to gut 1st Amendment

California calls for U.S. constitutional convention to gut 1st Amendment

[Ed. – Land of fruits and nuts.  But others are on the bandwagon.]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AJR 1 in December 2012, he was the first legislator in the United States to employ a unique procedure in the U.S. Constitution that allows state legislatures to command Congressional action. Specifically, AJR 1 would require Congress to call a convention to amend the Constitution, to address the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Today, good-government advocates are celebrating after AJR 1 passed the California State Senate by a vote of 23-11. AJR 1 has already prompted Vermont to pass a resolution modeled after it, and in Illinois a similar resolution is currently making its way through its legislature. …

The Founding Fathers’ records indicate that the ability of states to propose amendments was intentionally provided to empower the people, through their state legislatures, to address constitutional issues that Congress is unwilling, unable, or too oppressive to address. …

“I doubt our Founding Fathers had the free-speech rights of multi-national and foreign corporations in mind when they drafted the First Amendment,” said Gatto. “But the Founding Fathers did anticipate that every once in a while, the states would need to prod Congress to act to amend the Constitution. That’s what we are doing.”

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